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Second Generation

Second Generation strives to make sure that the Holocaust is never forgotten and that it will never happen again. Second Generation works towards expanding existing educational efforts about the history and lessons of the Holocaust, and the richness of Jewish life before the Second World War.

The American philosopher George Santayana has warned that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Remembering can instill caution, fortify restraint, and protect against future evil or indifference. The sense of outrage in the face of the Holocaust expressed in the declaration Never Again- neither to the Jewish people nor to any other people – must be informed by an understanding of what happened and why.

Over seventy years ago the darkest, most murderous moment of history was unleashed, and the voices of freedom and justice were still. Sadly, those voices were mute as Nazi persecution became increasingly intense, widespread and systematic, culminating in a campaign of extermination against Europe’s Jews.  When the slaughter was over, six million Jews had been killed. Those who survived the killing camps tell us that as many of those people were being slaughtered, their last words were Remember us, Remember us.

The Holocaust Remembrance Fund was established by Second Generation to promote awareness of the Holocaust. The fund was created to expand existing educational efforts about the history and lessons of the Holocaust, and the richness of Jewish life before the Second World War. The Holocaust Remembrance Fund was also used to create our Holocaust Memorial at Marlboro Jewish Center, which was dedicated on April 18, 2004. Donations to this Fund will be greatly appreciated.

If there are any Holocaust survivors, descendants of survivors, and/or family members who possess artifacts or photos relating to the Holocaust or the period prior to or immediately after the Holocaust, we would appreciate it if you would contact us.

Second Generation is involved in various programming and educational activities, including Kristallnacht, Yellow Candle and Yom Hashoah related programs.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to join. We want to hear your ideas, thoughts and visions.

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Oro Macht Frei

(Gold Will Set You Free)

The documentary "Oro Macht Frei" tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience during the Nazi occupation of Rome (Sept 1943 - June 1944). Weaving testimony from Roman Jews together with historical research by renowned scholars, "Oro Macht Frei" seeks to bring the viewer into a personal and relatable reflection of the Holocaust in Italy through the eyes of this unique and historic community.

“Oro Macht Frei” began as an idea to tell the story of Herbert Kappler’s gold extortion of the Roman Jews. During a tour of the former Jewish ghetto of Rome in 2004, the film’s executive producer, Joel Markel, a Marlboro Jewish Center member, heard of the Roman Jewish community’s remarkable efforts to come up with 50 kilos of gold within 36 hours against the threat that, if they did not come up with the gold, 200 heads of family would be deported. The fact of the community coming together to save each other’s lives and give what little in the way of gold they had, their ability to come up with the gold in such short time and the subsequent betrayal on behalf of the Germans who rounded-up the Roman Jews 3 weeks later, regardless of their having met the extortion price, struck Mr. Markel as an emblematic account that could help teach people both about the calculated deceitfulness of the Nazis as well provide a human dimension to the tremendous darkness of the Holocaust against the abstract number “6 million.” The story of the gold extortion touched Joel intimately as his family had always been jewelers and so he felt strangely close to the story. Furthermore, as the son of a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, Joel had always wanted to offer something to the field of Holocaust Memory to honor his mother and the family she lost.

“Oro Macht Frei” won the Best International Documentary award at the Garden State Film Festival in 2015.

If you are interested in joining or obtaining more information about Second Generation, please call the synagogue office at 732-536-2300 or contact me at 732-972-0259.

Thu, May 24 2018 10 Sivan 5778